Episode 215 - Dr. Henry Louis Taylor Jr.: The Economics of Urban Segregation (part 2 of 2)

Monday, May 08, 2017, 7:57:42 AM

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In this episode, the second of a two-part discussion on the economics of urban segregation, Dr. Henry Louis Taylor introduces the concept of the "just city." He illustrates the contrasts between the just city and the underdeveloped urban communities that permeate the United States today. He also outlines the important role that social work must play in the development of just communities. Finally, using his research and experience in Cuba as a framework, Dr. Taylor describes how a society with very limited resources has been able to create highly developed communities to meet the needs of its inhabitants and, in doing so, place people over profits.

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Average Rating: 5stars  urban segregation in buffalo, Sunday, February 16, 2020

By Gerry :

These were very good and thought-provoking episodes. The urban segregation we are seeing all around the country, but particularly in Buffalo and Erie County, is a real problem. Many of the inequities and injustices and marginalized people face are rooted, at least partially, in this problem of highly underdeveloped neighborhoods. I thought the broader topic was tied well into the local issues of Erie County's segregation and now gentrification. The segregation is clearly visible to anyone who knows these areas and simply observes them.

The suggestion that some of the ways these issues can be helped is by strengthening the institutions in our communities, particularly the underdeveloped ones, was a good one. I'd like to hear more about these solutions, because I'm writing this review now 3 years after this was published and these are still major problems in the area, and around the country. There seems to be some grassroots effort to turn things around, but it is still not having as much of an impact as is needed.

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